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Brianna’s career plans are measured and level

Year 11 student Brianna Stem grew up building things around her backyard, and her dad always had hands-on projects underway, so you could say the foundation was laid early on for her to pursue a Certificate I in Construction (CPC10120) through TAFE at School at TAFE Queensland.

One day each week, Redlands College student Brianna joins fellow career focused high school peers at TAFE Queensland Alexandra Hills to ‘have a crack’ (one of Brianna’s favoured phrases) at construction.

What I've enjoyed most is learning new things – [my Certificate I in Construction, CPC10120] being a lot more practical than being at school and meeting new people here from all different schools," said Brianna.

I've learned how to use a lot of the power tools, measuring, making sure you're precise - if not, you have to do it all again."

When asked about the facilities and the equipment she uses at the TAFE Queensland workshops, Brianna beams with pride.

“You never run out of anything, there's always something to use. It's all up to date, all brand new.”

Brianna also remarked on the way TAFE Queensland teachers treat her – with an understanding of her goals, and, like an adult – a noticeable difference from the typical high school classroom, and part of the reason why she’ll be coming back to TAFE Queensland to complete a Certificate II in Engineering (MEM20205), once she finishes her construction qualification.

And long-term? Brianna first plans to travel and then, “Settle down, hopefully in construction.”

But right now, Brianna, as she says, is all about giving it a crack.

“For those looking to come to TAFE – you’ll enjoy it. You’ll have lots of fun, this gives you a different environment than school, and you meet heaps of new people. And my definition of greatness; it’s about making sure you’re giving it your all,” concluded Brianna.